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My Mistake… Doing Business With Friends

My Mistake… Doing Business With Friends

This summer I broke one of my life rules – doing business with friends. I don’t sell things to friends (cars, appliances, tools, computers, etc.). I don’t buy services from friends (construction projects, services, financing, etc.). If a friend owns a restaurant, sure, I’ll go in and buy a sandwich or something. But, when it comes to exchanging hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars… I won’t do it. Period. Why? I…

Obama Not Honoring D-Day… Please!

Obama Not Honoring D-Day… Please!

Over the last week I have seen numerous people post on Facebook about Obama not honoring the memory of D-Day… as the only president in the last 68 years to snub the memory of the invasion. It looks something like the picture to the right. First of all, let me clarify something. I am not a fan of Obama. I am not a fan of Romney either. Probably even less…

Looking For Something New and Fresh

Looking For Something New and Fresh

I was on Facebook earlier today and read a post from one of my friends, Deyna, who had quoted Napoleon Hill: “Neglecting to broaden their view has kept some men doing one thing all their lives” I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but have you ever felt like your vision is so shallow, narrow, and short? If you know what I mean, it is a feeling that all you…

What I Want For Christmas

What I want for Christmas this year… hmmmm… my list seems to get shorter, yet more expensive. I’m not going to go into all the philosophical stuff of world peace or an end to both the Democrat and Republican parties. I’m going to be a bit more practical. 1. First on my list is the Pacific HBO miniseries in Blu Ray. I am blown away by the sacrifice of these…

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

The ministry years: 1987 – 1990 Petersburg Church of Christ In my senior year of college I opened a new phase of my life, what my college major was all about, serving and working in a church as a youth pastor. I was hired on at my first church, Petersburg Church of Christ in Petersburg, IL. It was a part-time position that I could drive back and forth to while…

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

I thought I would focus this part of the journey on my wife, Traci… at least the early years before she was my wife. We met during the fall semester of my senior year in college. I first met Traci when she was working in the college cafeteria, checking off meal card numbers and washing dishes. I realized I now had a greater purpose in hanging out in the cafeteria. It all started…

Afraid of Change – Part 2

My last post was about being afraid to make a change in your life… about being imprisoned in a life based upon a series of choices (which you have made) that has you afraid to leave the comfort of your prison and thus, the deterioration of your dreams. I got to thinking more about that last night as I was out walking. I want to be clear that I am…

Afraid of Change

I speak to people now and then who talk about all these dreams they have, how they would like to run their own business, take more vacations, retire early, travel, move into a bigger home, take 3 months and go on a mission trip, etc. – but it all ends up being empty talk. When I speak to them again 6 months, 1 year, 3 years later, they are still…